DA, EFF won't let Zuma off hook over Nkandla

The DA insists Jacob Zuma is liable for R63.9 million, while the EFF says he must go to jail.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's two largest opposition parties have warned that President Jacob Zuma will not be off the hook once he repays the R7.8 million owed to the state for the Nkandla upgrades.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) insists Zuma is liable for R63.9 million in fringe-benefit tax, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the President must be held criminally liable for the abuse of taxpayers' money.

The two parties took Zuma to the Constitutional Court earlier this year for an order compelling him to pay back a reasonable portion of the money spent on his private residence in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

In early 2014, the Public Protector found Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million government project.

Mmusi Maimane believes President Zuma is liable for a massive tax bill for benefits related to the refurbishment of his Nkandla home.

The DA leader's spokesperson Mabine Seabe said: "This is not the end of the road for Jacob Zuma and the ANC cronies. We are of the view that he owes more than R60 million."

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said: "The next step is to take him to prison."

Zuma has 45 days to pay back the R7.8 million he owes for the swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, visitor's centre and chicken-run at his home.

The Constitutional Court yesterday confirmed the amount determined by Treasury and the clock is now ticking.